7:30am

Tue August 2, 2011
The Two-Way

FAA Shutdown Could Cost $1.2 Billion

Originally published on Tue August 2, 2011 12:24 pm

Construction crews working on a new FAA air traffic control tower at Oakland International Airport were told last Friday to stop working after the U.S. House of Representatives refused to reauthorize routine funding of the FAA.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

After last night's vote on the debt ceiling compromise, the House adjourned for the summer but left nearly 4,000 Federal Aviation Administration employees, who have been furloughed because of a funding impasse, in limbo.

Reuters reports that because of the House recess and the fact that a compromise in the Senate faltered last night, it is now near certain that the FAA could be shut down through August.

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7:20am

Tue August 2, 2011
Opinion

The Nation: Sports Don't Need Sex To Sell

Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, speeds down the course during the first run of an alpine ski, World Cup women's giant slalom, in Arber-Zwiesel, Germany, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011. Defending champion Vonn finished outside the top 10.
Alessandro Trovati AP

Mary Jo Kane is the director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota.

"The newest kid on the women's sports block is finding that the old formula for attention-getting is as robust as ever. 'Sex sells,' says Atlanta Beat defender Nancy Augustyniak, who was astonished to learn she finished third in a Playboy.com poll of the sexiest female soccer players." — Wendy Parker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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6:49am

Tue August 2, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: Influencing A Murderer's Manifesto

Two young women stand in silence after placing flower near Sundvollen close to the Utoya island, near Oslo, Norway, Tuesday, July 26, 2011, where a gunman Anders Behring Breivik killed at least 68 people. The defense lawyer for the man who confessed to the mass killings told The Associated Press on Tuesday that there's no way his client will walk free and is likely insane.
Ferdinand Ostrop AP

Phillip Longman, a fellow at the New America Foundation, is author of The Empty Cradle: Why Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity and What to Do About It.

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6:43am

Tue August 2, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: Capitulate In Debt Debate? Not Clinton

President Clinton, accompanied by sixth grade students from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Arlington, Va., gestures while speaking in the Oval Office of the White House Monday Dec. 18, 1995 after vetoing two spending bills. With negotiators mired in a broader budget debate, the president vetoed the bills arguing they would undermine the nation's environment.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Kara Brandeisky is an intern at The New Republic.

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6:43am

Tue August 2, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: Going Forward, Five Fiscal Lessons

Tax hikes and spending cuts are one of the most contentious parts of the budget debate in Washington.
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Fred Barnes is the executive editor for The Weekly Standard.

We've learned a lot from the fight to attach spending cuts to the debt limit increase. Here are five of the lessons:

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6:42am

Tue August 2, 2011
The Two-Way

Deepening Crisis In Somalia; Crackdown Continues In Syria

Good morning!

As we wrote earlier, the big news of the day is the debt ceiling compromise that's making its way through Congress. We'll be following that story throughout the day, but here are some other headlines:

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6:29am

Tue August 2, 2011
Entertainment

High Plains Chautauqua Brings History to Life this Week

High Plains Chautauqua

High Plains Chautauqua is a unique blend of history, theatre and the humanities brought to life under a Chautauqua tent, giving audiences the opportunity to meet and engage with personalities from the past.  This year’s theme is ‘Visionaries at Home and Abroad. ’ 

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6:21am

Tue August 2, 2011
Analysis

Compromise In Congress: Does System Work After All?

Just a few days ago, the political system seemed completely stuck as the Aug. 2 debt-default deadline approached. Now the deadline has arrived, and it seems likely that President Obama will sign a debt limit extension. NPR's Ron Elving talks with Steve Inskeep about the path Congress took to get to the agreement.

6:00am

Tue August 2, 2011
The Two-Way

Amid Grumbling From Both Sides, Senate Scheduled To Vote On Debt Deal

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) speaks with reporters after the House voted to raise the debt ceiling.
Win McNamee Getty Images

After the House passed the debt ceiling deal with a surprising lopsided 269-161 vote, yesterday, the Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill at noon, today. If it passes, it heads to the president's desk and with a signature the debt ceiling is immediately raised by $400 billion. And it would all happen just hours before the day the Treasury said the country would run out of money.

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5:37am

Tue August 2, 2011
Politics

After 15 Years, GOP Revives Balanced Budget Idea

Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole on Capitol Hill on March 1, 1995 after he came up one vote short in his quest to pass a balanced budget amendment in the Senate.
John Duricka ASSOCIATED PRESS

It's an idea whose time may have come again.

There was lively debate about amending the Constitution to require a balanced budget throughout much of the 1980s and 1990s, but the issue seemed to die off in the face of the federal surpluses that marked the end of the Clinton years.

"The reason it fell off the radar screen then is we actually did it," says Robert S. Walker, who served on the House Budget Committee as a Pennsylvania Republican during the Clinton administration. "We simply said, look, if it's not possible to pass the amendment, let's balance the budget."

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